October Member of the Month: Bryan Allen
From giving back to receiving a wonderful gift in return, this is Bryan’s story:
What the staff at KORE has to say about Bryan:
A very close relative passed away after a battle with Parkinson’s disease, because of this, Bryan is passionate about helping others fight back against the disease. He initially heard about the Rock Steady program from his wife, Angel, and came to us and expressed an interest in helping out with the program. Bryan went through the process to get Rock Steady certified and ever since has been helping out with the class. Bryan’s help has especially been appreciated as the number of Rock Steady class members begin to increase!
On the personal development side, Bryan decided to address some of his physical limitations that were hindering him from doing the things he used to love doing. Bryan’s FMS revealed significant limitations in his mobility that as a result had significantly limited his quality of life. He has practiced patience and done the work in his semi-private training sessions to gain much needed flexibility.
Bryan has set a wonderful example for all of us with his work to spend time improving his flexibility, (something that most people who are chronically tight have a history of ignoring). In his role as a Rock Steady volunteer, he has developed a wonderful relationship with the boxers, they respect Bryan and love having him as a part of the class.
The other day Bryan came in and said that pain he had in his hips and knees when he started training are almost non-existent! Bryan’s patience and persistence have paid off ten-fold! I’m excited to see where he goes with his health and wellness now that he’s out of pain! In addition, he has even stepped out of his comfort zone and recently volunteered to take more responsibility and wants to eventually lead some of the RSB and other boxing classes!
What Bryan has to stay about his journey:
- How did you originally hear about us?
My wife, Angel, is a KORE member and has had a great experience with the programs offered.
- What prompted you to seek us out once hearing about us?
I originally started as a Rock Steady volunteer. I had some martial arts background and Rock Steady looked like a fun workout while providing great benefits to the clients participating in the program.
- What was your initial goal when you signed up with us?
In addition to volunteering with Rock Steady, my goals were to address joint and flexibility issues. Sitting behind a desk for a number years, old sports injuries, et al were taking a toll on my fitness. My goal was to reduce those issues, increase mobility and overall fitness.
- What was holding you back from achieving this goal (before you joined)?
I needed the expertise that KORE offers to develop a comprehensive workout to achieve the goal.
- Has this goal changed since you joined KORE Wellness? If yes, what is your new goal?
I feel good about the progress I’ve made, but I’m still on the journey to fully achieve the goal. Recent workout design is pushing me in a good direction and is helping me re-frame my fitness objectives away from limitations to new possibilities.
- Now that you’re working on/have achieved this goal, has your view of yourself changed?
Yes. I was settling on the status quo (making do with the joint issues) and now I see the opportunity to improve. Feel more confident in targeting new goals (like climbing another Colorado 14er, getting back in a kayak or doing a long backpacking trip).
- How do you feel about your future health?
Great! I enjoy the workout programs and luck forward to continuing to push for improvements.
- What have you liked best about working with us?
The workout designs have been customized to my needs, are challenging and never let you get bored. The trainers are supportive, knowledgeable and approachable.
- What would you say to someone who is struggling with the same goal(s)?
Persevere, push your limits and enjoy the journey. Having just seen ‘Free Solo’, the first rope free climb of El Cap, I was struck by the climber’s preparation, focus, and philosophy that very little is ever accomplished if you just pursue being comfortable.